The reader has picked up your work, and it's up to you to be sure he doesn't put it down. This six-session advanced class will emphasize discovering where the story starts, whose story it is, and expanding a story's dramatic potential by narrowing its scope. We will review contemporary short stories for compression and efficient introduction of detail, and critique student stories according to their ambitions, beginning at the first meeting. For students who already have some serious experience with the challenges of writing literary fiction.
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Recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim, Terese Svoboda is the author of five novels, most recently Bohemian Girl, named one of the ten best 2012 Westerns by Booklist and an Historical Book of the Year Finalist in Foreword. Tin God, a finalist for the John Gardner Prize, was reissued last spring, with Publisher's Weekly deeming her a "fabulous fabulist." "Astounding!" proclaimed The New York Post in a review of her memoir Black Glasses Like Clark Kent that won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and The Japan Times "Best of Asia 2008." Vogue lauded her first novel, Cannibal, a female Heart of Darkness.